Tech month ends on high note

SPOTLIGHTING the nation as one of the top South-East Asian destinations for digital investments, the Malaysia Tech Month 2020 (MTM 2020) closed with the promise of better things to come in the digital and tech sectors in 2021.

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), as part of its plan to organise a proper follow-up to the well-received Malaysia Tech Week last year, curated this month-long virtual event and played host to a bevy of industry figureheads and ecosystem innovators.

The various keynotes and panels affirmed and expanded on the achievements of Malaysia as it accelerates its digital economy.

Key to this is how MTM 2020 was also a showcase of the country’s readiness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and had further fortified Malaysia’s position as a compelling digital and tech investment hub.

“The holistic approach to MTM 2020, which connected business, investment and regulatory communities, served as a timely reminder to the world that the digital economy is now booming and is an impetus to drive forward similar efforts.

“This will directly position Malaysia’s economy as a source of empowerment for digitalisaiton.

“Featuring the very best digital and technology entrepreneurs along with solutions and content providers, both local and global, MTM 2020 is the ideal platform to connect the brightest minds in digital and tech facilitation.

“It enables investors, corporations and entrepreneurs to exchange innovative ideas and introduce new solutions while changing the region’s fast-growing digital economy, ” said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

For its launch conference and the Digital Investment Summit that MDEC organised, both curated a total of 36 webinars and featured 132 speakers, attracting participants from more than 50 countries.

With the inclusion of partner events that ran under MTM 2020 as the curation platform, it attracted over 20,000 attendees in total throughout November.

“As MTM 2020 features the nation’s very best in the tech and digital ecosystems, all of which are enabled with their visionary leaders, there is no doubt that Malaysia continues to be the trailblazer for the digital economy, ” said Communications and Mutimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

“You’ve learned what are the current and upcoming digital economy trends.

“There will be more to come as we continue to discover, albeit virtually, how to directly engage and leverage from these opportunities.

“This will include a showcase of the great lengths this country has taken to grow and transform its digital economy, ” he said.

Beyond its initial two-day conference for the launch, MTM 2020 also featured other tie-in and partner events, such as DataKita.Pulse Conference; the Digital Investment Summit; MyDroneTech Festival; and TechFest Live! Road to WCIT Malaysia.

These, along with other tie-in ecosystem and award events, complemented each other to make November an unusually exciting and immersive month for the digital and technology sectors.

“These were a major showcase on the socio-economic potential that Malaysia’s digital economy possesses, ” said MDEC chief executive officer Surina Shukri.

“From the proven tech ecosystem; to highly supportive business policies; and even digitally diverse and versatile talent pool, all of them effectively reinforced the nation as a natural choice for global and regional business to ‘Land and Expand’.

“These factors certainly move us closer to our ambition of establishing Malaysia as the Heart of a Digital Asean, ” she added.

MTM 2020 was also organised as a follow-up to the government’s active response in harnessing opportunities in the era of 4IR.

This includes catalysing growth of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT), while achieving sustainable development of the digital economy and shared prosperity for all Malaysians.

As for next year, it will see MDEC ringing in its 25th anniversary as it doubles down on building a future-ready workforce, establishing border-spanning innovations and creating alliances committed to advancing the digital economy and achieve its vision of Malaysia 5.0.

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